Every time January comes around the whole idea of a ‘new year, new me’ pops back up. We’ve all experienced the feeling of wanting to make the next year the best we’ve ever had. However, we all know that as soon as February hits we’ve ditched the gym and eaten enough chocolate to make up for that month we were trying to be healthy. If this is you, here are some tips to help you stay on track for the new year!
Make only one resolution
If you make a list of 20 things you want to achieve in the new year last minute on the 31st of December, that’s never going to work out. Chances are you’re just throwing around ideas of things you think you should be doing. Instead choose one or two really important things for you in the New Year. Whether this is losing weight or focusing on uni work, make them specific!
Something you really want
When you’re thinking about your resolutions make sure it’s something that you really want to do. If you think you should do more for charity, you should work harder at uni, you should learn an instrument then chances are that you really don’t want to. New Year’s resolutions should be something that makes you happy and that keeps you interested. If you were perfectly happy in the first place, don’t change anything!
Don’t take them too seriously
If you don’t end up sticking to your resolutions it’s really not the end of the world. People change and ultimately that’s what a resolution is about, it’s about a change. Don’t worry if you miss the gym for a month because you’ve been too busy, or even if you’ve had a shopping spree when you swore you wouldn’t. These things happen.
Don’t make it about just one year
One of the main problems when you’re trying to stick to new year’s resolutions is setting yourself a goal for that year only. Yes, a year is a very long time, but what happens if your resolution lasts longer than a year? Be prepared from the start that if you want to make a change, make that change for good. Don’t think you can just swap it when the next year rolls around. If you’re serious about sticking to your resolutions don’t just expect them to last a year.
So, what are your resolutions this year? Or do you say ‘bah humbug’ to them? Let us know in the comments below!